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December 2nd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/02/09

Tonight on 360°, a prime-time exclusive on the war in Afghanistan. Anderson will talk Gen. David Petraeus, who is the chief of U.S. Central Command. There's a lot of pushback to the strategy on Capitol Hill. We'll talk it over with a group of reporters who've sent time on the ground in the war zone and know firsthand what's at stake.

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  1. Curtis

    Huckabee....go back to preaching, stay out of politics, that pen stroke of yours caused serious damge that had already been taken care of, you opened the wound back up.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  2. Jacob Houstan, TX

    Sending 30,000 more troops is absolute insane, If obama has a family so the each Single troop fighting in afganistan ....

    December 2, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  3. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Where is he getting all that money? This is crazy!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Anthonia-Bay Area!

    I agree with Huckabee! Why would anyone want to send a 16 year old to jail for 108 YEARS?! and he did not even commit murder!? only petty crimes...

    December 2, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  5. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    How does someone like Clemmons post bail? I don't understand how bail works, really.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  6. Emily

    @ Cessy, Chicago IL,

    Sounds like they were NOT "thinking"!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  7. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    He should have request for update statements!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  8. Lori

    Gov Huckabee makes it sound like he based his decision for clemency on Clemen's age alone.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  9. Nancy in Oregon

    I think 'faith' is what freed Clemmons.....not reality. Wishful thinking....and 4 officers died. Children have lost their mom an dad.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  10. Emily

    Huckabee couldn't get out of there fast enough!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  11. Emily

    @ Antonio-elizabeth,NJ,

    I'm surprised that a judge would even give him parole with that record that he had!

    There is SO much to his record that I can't even keep it straight!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  12. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Maurice Clemmons warning signs werent missed. It was totally irresponsible for releasing him back to the streets. He has a violent history and even injured his own mother. What were they thinking?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  13. Lori

    What a record.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  14. Emily

    He was sentenced to over 100yrs and was let out in 11yrs?!

    That is some....deal (?)l!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  15. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Just this boil down to prison over crowding?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  16. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I was so sickened to hear the back story of the man who killed the four police officers in Seattle. I lived in the Seattle area for 12 years and got to know alot of officers there and when I heard about the shooting I had a very heavy pit in my stomach because i was scared that it was someone i knew. Thankfully it was not anyone I know, but I still feel bad for those that it affected. This man should not have been set free at all!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  17. Lori

    Elimination of the Taliban would be a victory in my opinion.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  18. Antonio-elizabeth,NJ

    The man responsible for the Washington police officer slayings was accused of rape, not convicted, hence his bail was set by a judge. Maurice i believe his name was, was alegedly shot by a lone officer who did not call for backup even though there were hundreds of other officers in the area. He alegedly had the weapon of one of the deceased officers, which was never reported by authorities. I believe the man was executed by that lone officer in mid morning hours of his last day on this earth.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  19. Emily

    how was he out after the rape of a child?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  20. Emily

    That chair fight was pretty bad!
    And that was a gov?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  21. Cessy, Chicago IL

    Anderson-Those plastic chairs can still hurt you!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  22. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    What a mess! OMG! 😦

    December 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  23. Nancy in Oregon

    Huckabee is wrong, I fear. The 'transgressions' that condemned a 17-year old sound (on the surface) unequal to the sentence he received, but now we see they were correct. Meanwhile, the families of the 4 officers, the children especially, pay the price.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  24. Emily

    ...and might I add, the country of Afghanistan does NOT appear to want to change any of that!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  25. David, Indiana

    @Mike, I thought the surge is to be accomplished in an accelerated way and accomplished in six months.

    Is it true that only a small number of people in the middle are pleased, as David Gergen says? my impression is that there is broad congressional support.

    A good discussion about corruption, opium trade. Consider Peter Bergen's note Afghan's are looking for order. Maybe much corruption has to do with the country being under the pressure of shortages due to ongoing conflict.

    Great panel and discussion all around.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  26. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    There is nothing wrong with nation building. We did it in Germany and Japan after WWII, and both are now stable democracies. However we had troops there for decades and no one was shooting at us. 18 months won't work.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  27. Deb Murfreesboro Tn

    I think that Huckabee was not in error doing what he did at the time. Unfortunately it turned out to be the wrong decision. Thankfully the felon is now no longer going to be a blemish on our society. Luv your show.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  28. Sgt Beougher

    We are going to show on tv about the comforts of the troops in Afghanistan. Trust me we (the troops) don't care about comforts we care about protecting and defending not only our great nation but freedom throughout the world.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  29. Sana

    The Taliban say they are winning the war...how can all of these strategies work if we are fighting in foreign territory? They know their land better than we do and have their own strategies. I think we might be the sitting duck...

    December 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  30. Rocky Walls

    Afghanistan is lost unless Pakistan decides to do something!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  31. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    You cant secure the border theres not enough troops even with a hundred thousand

    December 2, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  32. Emily

    Aside from the Poppy Trade, what else is Afghanistan known for?
    It appears to be such a poor backwards country!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  33. Cessy, Chicago IL

    I like hearing Michael Ware what's going on in Afghanistan. Very informative.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  34. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Corruption is a cultural norm in that part of the world. There may be a few token arrests, but nothing will change.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  35. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Curruption never seems to be to far from power!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  36. Nancy in Oregon

    Sgt. Beougher, I have a feeling you are right. So many chefs in the kitchen now!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  37. Tony

    Question for the Panel:

    Is it possible that the Russians are undermining our efforts in Afganistan, (i.e., getting even) lsimilar to our covert operations in the eighties? How could we win this war if we first don't try to cut-off the life line of arms and money?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  38. Ann

    I am not a military strategist but it seems to me that instead of securing the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan (which has nukes) we ended up pushing the Taliban and Al-Qaeda from basically a country like Afghanistan with no nukes, no infrastructure, into a country that does, Pakistan.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  39. Martin Pennington, Psy.D.

    Once more the United States government is not listening to the socio-cultural environment of the people. As Michael Ware states they know how to fight we continue to impose our form of warfare. Yet these individuals as a group were able to defeat the Russians.

    Similar to Viet Nam we have not learned the lesson of war. What will it take for the recognition of the capabilities of the Afghan people? When will the American people awake to the reality that this is about drugs?

    My wife, Rose wants to know what about Bin Laden?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  40. Cecil

    As long as there are people in the world who want to destroy America and all other nations of the world who believe in democracy then we are forced to defend our way of life. I, for one, believe it is worth defending and if the majority of Americans ever decide that we should not defend our way of life, then good bye America.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  41. 1SG Royce Harris

    "withdrawal" does not mean that the troops will pack up and leave the country. Just like in Iraq, it means the troops will be reeled-in to concentrated area and not so visible throughout the country. When I arrived in Iraq in 2008 U.S. forces were everywhere. After the "withdrawal" in 2009 all the smaller outposts were consolidated around Baghdad and other areas that could accommodate soldiers more efficiently.

    After 18 months the troops will not pack up and leave. They will withdraw from the countryside to concentrated areas and lye and wait to see if it is truly safe to leave or draw down troops any further

    December 2, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  42. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    It seems to me that this is nothing more then a humanitarian mission

    December 2, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  43. Scott

    Is there any way we can get an estimate of how many Taliban we're talking about? And, if the Taliban retreat across the Pakistan border into Pakistan, can we pursue them? If not, we need to get out of that war.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  44. Nancy in Oregon

    Sweden....the least corrupt. So...look to see what the factors are that go into that being so....what leads to corruption vs what leads to the least amount?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  45. Annie Kate

    So we are going to try to win in Afghanistan where others have failed.....I hear Russia laughing.....

    December 2, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  46. Linda McNeal

    How can you wiin a war against people who think that dying will get them a higher persition with their God?

    December 2, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Lani

    What we call corruption,
    the Afghans call, " good
    business." We need to wise up and remember it is a different culture!

    December 2, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  48. frank

    greatest military power on earth.... why is this still a problem.... get it over with or get out

    December 2, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  49. Scott from LA

    This is nation building. Infrastruture replacement, crop replacement for poppies, training Afgan forces, influencing policy and laws e.g., overturning rape laws, etc., is applying our resources to this nation that does not share many of our values and ways of life. This is overhauling a nation from its core. We'll be there forever in the pursuit of success. Hate to see the loss in blood and treasure for this cause.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  50. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @ David, Indiana

    A full partnership between U.S. and Afghanistan is the solution, but Afghanistan (people, government, politics, police, etc.) have to do for where. The action has to start from there and to continue there.

    The deadline for withdrawal of troops is a good thing, but I just think a short time 18 months.. This withdrawal must be well planned and carefully done.

    December 2, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
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